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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-26-2019, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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Correct Hardware for Tire Balance

Hello,

I recently had my tires balanced, and the shop use stick on weights. Yesterday I discovered one strand of these weights lying on the floor of the garage.

What are some better / correct approaches to balancing Solstice tires?

Thank you for your help.
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A different shop.

There are only two forms of wheel weights I'm aware of. Stick on and clip on, and you don't want to be putting clip on weights on solstice wheels. If the stick on ones fell off it's because whoever installed them didn't give a crap about the job they were doing. They normally don't even come off when you want them to.
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Tru dat, if done properly they require a chisel or similar to remove, I've been using them for over 20 years and never had one fall off, like phil1734 said- they didn't give a crap-lazy!
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Thanks for the feedback. I also wonder if the surface condition of the wheels is a factor. My wheels have what looks like surface corrosion (?), that could possibly be eliminated with cleaning and polishing (?). Maybe this would allow for better adhesion of stick on weights (?).
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Do you have chrome or painted wheels? And did the chrome/paint come off with the weights?

Otherwise you have to have a lot of dirt, dust or corrosion on wheels before they won't stick, and again - the tire shop should have cleaned that up or at least told you they had a concern before they gave the car back to you. Even a modest wipe with a dry rag and most weights will stick for way longer than the life of any tires.
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Do you have chrome or painted wheels? And did the chrome/paint come off with the weights?

Otherwise you have to have a lot of dirt, dust or corrosion on wheels before they won't stick, and again - the tire shop should have cleaned that up or at least told you they had a concern before they gave the car back to you. Even a modest wipe with a dry rag and most weights will stick for way longer than the life of any tires.
I have the polished aluminum wheels (not painted).
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the shop should use a cleaner to clean the area that they are placing the weight in (I use brake clean, spray it on a clean rag )
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They should not fall off, take it back to the installer and have them rebalance the tire and check the others for loose weights.

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Lacquer thinner and some steel wool does wonders
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-27-2019, 05:21 PM
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Anyone try tire beads ?
I have 5hem in my harley and see they are used for all types of tires but not sure if they would mess with the tmps
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The Counteract website says they are compatible with TPMS, but only lists applications for trucks, motorcycles, and off-road. The calculator will not accept our tire size, either.

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I dont know if lead weights are still around or if there all steel now, some of my wheels have led and some steel. I agree the give-a-****less person who did it did not clean them first. or not conform them to the wheel's arc. I bought a box of lead stickeys about 10 years ago for my light weight forged vw wheels. Im gladd I bought the box!!! the steel weights can rust.

on another note....my wheels are the polished wheels. are they clear coated??they dont really look like they are but...this is my first go round with factory non color painted aluminum wheels. rsx wheels painted, and my bug wheels are 6061t6....a bitch to keep clean& polished but look like a mirror. and my chrome wheels are...clear coated....foggy,pealing..and well over 20 years old.
so are my solstice wheels clear coated or just polished?
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I havent done it on the Solstice, but on my rods when I would get them balanced, I always put duct tape over them.
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I havent done it on the Solstice, but on my rods when I would get them balanced, I always put duct tape over them.
That's what we used to do on the race car wheels, and they never came off. You do have to ensure that the weights aren't stuck onto a layer of corrosion on an alloy wheel....

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Metal foil tape (the stuff you actually put on the ducts in your basement) works well and blends into chrome/polished aluminum better.

But again, these things should never really come off. Racecars do it because of the excessive heat and fluids that can get on them and there's a certain level of aircraft-level no-failure-is-acceptable attention to detail.

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